Reviews & Endorsements
Reviews & Endorsements
"Understanding how and why states fail is not just an urgent task for policymakers but also for anyone interested in the main trends shaping the world. Weak Links is a rigorous account of a phenomenon that combines medieval-like realities with modern conditions. There is no other book like this."
—Moisés Naím, author of Illicit
"The phenomenon known as fragile states is typically over-determined but poorly specified, leading to sweeping conclusions of limited policy relevance. Stewart Patrick’s new book performs a critically important service by analyzing fragile states in relation to specific security threats."
—Chester A. Crocker, professor of strategic studies, Georgetown University
"Weak Links takes on the conventional wisdom that there is a close connection between weak states and transnational threats like terrorism. The book demonstrates that the relationship is much more attenuated—perhaps a small comfort, since the international community’s ability to fix failed states is so limited."
—Francis Fukuyama, professor of international political economy, Johns Hopkins University, and author of The Origins of Political Order
"Stewart Patrick’s brilliantly researched book is an overdue corrective to some of the overwrought claims about the problems posed by failing, failed, and phantom states. He shows that every state situation is different, demanding its own analysis and its own policy solution. Meticulously and impressively argued."
—Gareth Evans, former foreign minister of Australia
Stewart M. Patrick is senior fellow and director of the International Institutions and Global Governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Stewart M. Patrick
Senior Fellow and Director, Program on International Institutions and Global Governance
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Former State Department policy planning staff member. Current work focuses on U.S. policy toward global governance. Author of Weak Links: Fragile States, Global Threats, and International Security (Oxford University Press, May 2011).
Stewart M. Patrick: The Internationalist
Patrick assesses the future of world order, state sovereignty, and multilateral cooperation.
Read the blog The Internationalist.
Multilateral cooperation, international institutions and global governance; United Nations; weak and failing states; foreign assistance and post-conflict reconstruction; transnational threats; U.S. foreign policy; diplomatic history.
Research Fellow, Center for Global Development (2005-2008); Policy planning staff member, Afghanistan, post-conflict and global affairs portfolios, U.S. Department of State (2002-2005); Research Associate, Center on International Cooperation, New York University(1997-2002).
International Affairs Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations (2002-2003); Rhodes Scholar, Oxford University (1988-1991); Brookings Research Fellow (1992-93); Guest Research Fellowship, Norwegian Nobel Institute (1993).
The Best Laid Plans:The Origins of American Multilateralism and the Dawn of the Cold War (Rowman and Littlefield, November 2008); "U.S. Policy toward Fragile States: An Integrated Approach to Security and Development," in The White House and the World: A Development Agenda for the Next U.S. President (Center for Global Development, August 2008); "'The Mission Determines the Coalition:' The United States and Multilateral Cooperation after 9/11," in Cooperating for Peace and Security (forthcoming 2008); "Index of State Weakness in the Developing World," Brookings Working Paper (2008); Integrating 21st Century Development and Security Assistance (contributor; 2008); "A Return to Realism? The United States and Global Peace Operations since 9/11," International Peacekeeping (2007); Greater than the Sum of Its Parts: Assessing "Whole of Government" Approaches toward Fragile States, (co-author, International Peace Academy: 2007); "Toolbox: Making Foreign Aid Reform Work," The American Interest (2007); "The Pentagon and Global Development: Making Sense of the DoD's Expanding Role," CGD Working Paper #131 (2007); "Beyond Coalitions of the Willing: Assessing U.S. Multilateralism," Ethics and International Affairs (2003); Multilateralism and U.S. Foreign Policy: Ambivalent Engagement (coeditor, Lynne Rienner, 2002); Good Intentions: Pledges of Aid for Post-Conflict Recovery (co-editor, Lynne Rienner, 2000); and op-eds published in Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Miami Herald, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, San Diego Union-Tribune.
Interviews and Discussions:
Washington Business Tonight: "Issues Facing World Economic Leaders" (television interview; April 24, 2009)
Institute of International Studies Conversations with History: Building a Multilateral International Order (discussion; April 15, 2009)
Summary Report of CFR Symposium on International Law and Justice (October 17, 2008)
International Institutions and Global Governance Program
Current Research Projects
2011 CRF-SWP Conference on the Atlantic World and Rising Global Powers
Making Multilateralism Work Workshop Series
Council Special Report on UN Security Council Reform and U.S. National Interests
Emerging Powers and International Institutions Meeting Series
The United States and the Future of Global Governance Roundtable Series
U.S.-UN Roundtable Series
Past Research Projects
Rising India: Implications for World Order and International Institutions
CFR Symposium: Rising Powers and Global Institutions in the Twenty-First Century
Council Special Report on the Future of NATO
The United States and the Future of Global Governance Symposium
Council Special Report on Combating Mass Atrocities